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Chelsea News: Former Blues legend ready to take on Antonio Conte’s role
- Updated: February 16, 2018
Former Chelsea skipper and legend John Terry has set his sights for a return to Stamford Brige next summer with an eye to become the manager of the club, accodring to a report from The Mirror. The former England skipper has made no secret of the fact that he would look to step into management after the completion of his playing career and now it looks as though that he might well start it with the Blues in London.
The 37-year-old left the club with whom he had spent his entire career last summer to sign a one-year deal with Aston Villa, who are currently plying their traide in the Championship. And there have been rumours that he might well take up an assistant-manager role at Villa Park next season under Steve Bruce.
Terry, who has credited Jose Mourinho as the reason behind his interest in management could thus take up a coaching role in the reshuffle that is likely to follow Conte's departure.
“I was quite young when Jose Mourinho first came into Chelsea. Only 23,” Terry told The Coaches' Voice.
“But, after a few training sessions, I went and got a notepad and started jotting stuff down.
“Things he said in team meetings, things he said before a game, or to the press. Sometimes I’d come in after a training session and write down everything we’d just done.”
Terry added: “From the moment Jose came in, I knew I wanted to be a coach.”
It is now being reported that Terry might well soon be back to Chelsea and rise up the ranks in a similar fashion that Steven Gerrard is currently doing at Liverpool.
The report clainms that he would be more interested in coming back to his familiar surroundings at Chelsea and look to begin his coaching days there. And his return to Chelsea might well be paved by the departure of Antonio Conte, who has been under heavy criticism for his side's displays in recent months.
The Italian, after winning the Premier League in his first season at the helm of Chelsea, has failed to replicate the performace in his second season in West London. The Blues are currently fourth on the Premier League table and 19 points behind run-away league leaders Manchester City. Tottenham, meanwhile are breathing down their neck in fifth place and qualification for the Champions League could mean all the difference for Conte this season.
Conte has time again though been touted as the man to take over the Italian national team at the end of the year.